Providing Staten Island residents with insights into the challenges
of opportunities of a pervasive technology, The School of
Education at St. John’s University partnered with a local
parent, teacher and administrative organization to present a panel
discussion on social media.
More than 50 Staten Island residents—parents, students and
educators—came to the panel discussion at the Staten Island campus
at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. The School of
Education cosponsored the event with 31
I.D.E.A.L. (Information Dealing with Education and
Learning), a local organization dedicated to shedding light on
contemporary social, academic and technological issues.
The discussion focused on key issues surrounding the ever-changing
integration of technology into society. The night’s Educational
Forum was designed to provide schools, parents and students with
useful ways to spot warning signs in their social media use, to
answer common questions and to learn how to professionally and
properly present themselves on many social media sites. Topics
included what is and isn’t appropriate online and how social media
can be used to help or harm users.
Mara Montalbano, a reporter for NY1 News, moderated the event.
Members of the panel included Erica Palmieri, an
admission counselor at St. John’s University; Francesca
Ambrosino, a senior at St.
Francis College, in Brooklyn, NY; Jillian
Jorgensen, a reporter for the Staten Island
Advance, who uses Twitter daily as part of her job;
Tara Azzarello, a third-grade teacher at P.S.
29 on Staten Island; David Karansky, Director
of School Safety for the United
Federation of Teachers; and Lynn Soren, Senior
Manager of Human Resources for Protivit,
a global technology consulting
The panelists led guests in an exploration of issues such as online
bullying, using social media to screen prospective job applicants
and guarding against unprofessional candidates. A
question-and-answer period followed, with the audience sharing
their experiences and viewpoints. Materials were distributed.
When the event concluded, panelists were available for private
consultation and discussion.